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Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Angelina Jolie

met the head of the Catholic church at the Vatican on Thursday morning. The actress attended a private audience with

Pope Francis

following a screening of her new film


which she had been asked to show for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.While the Pontiff was not present at the screening, he met Angelina, who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), afterwards.

Angelina attended a private audience with Pope Francis
"Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honor and a great tribute to the story that I have told in Unbroken,"

said Angelina in a statement released by Universal Pictures to

Us Weekly

. "

The story of the hero Louis a great example of strength and forgiveness.

"Pope Francis, aware of the incredible life story of Louis Zamperini, graciously welcomed the opportunity to view the film."

Angelina was invited to screen Unbroken at the Vatican

In keeping with protocol, which dictates that only Catholic queens and queen consorts may wear white as part of the Privilège du Blanc,

Angelina sported a black dress and blazer

and chose to wear her hair up in an elegant chignon.Whilst it had intially been thought that Angelina's husband

Brad Pitt

would also attended the meeting with the Pope, Us Weekly reports that a "last minute change" meant that he couldn't make the trip


angelina kids2
The star treated Shiloh and Zahara to a shopping trip in Rome

News of Angelina's special meeting was kept under wraps until she was

spotted at Ciampino airport in Rome on Wednesday

with brother

James Haven

and two of her daughters,


, eight, and


, nine.The Jolie-Pitt ladies stepped out for a spot of shopping, heading to toy shop called Berte in Rome's famous Piazza Navona.

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